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Rainy Lake

Rainy Pass (Highway 20), North Cascades National Park, WA
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Seattle, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

A short easy trail in the North Cascade Scenic Highway a few miles after the Washington Pass Look out Post. The Trail is completely paved and is suitable for children and elderly.The trail is about two miles bothway and you have a look at a wonderful lake and scenic mountains at the end of the trail.The only snag is that... More

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Redmond, Washington
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64 reviews 64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This is a very easy hike, one mile in and one mile back. The trail is completely paved and level and hence friendly for small children, those who have some mobility constraints, or (in our case) those who have already had a full day of vigorous hiking and are tired but wish to get in one last gentle walk before... More

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Winthrop, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Great place to stretch the legs if driving the N. Cascades Hwy. There are no easy trails bast the overlook at the end of the paved trail.

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Simi Valley, California
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106 reviews 106 reviews
33 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We did the Rainy Lake hike after coming off of a 7.8 mile hike from Maple Pass. We were there so we continued on to Rainy Lake as we had heard from another hiker that there was a moose there earlier in the morning. So we make it to the lake, but with the fires that were going on in... More

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oosterzele
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57 reviews 57 reviews
42 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

this is a very nice trip of only 2 miles (roundtrip).No elevation. Behind the lake is the Lyall Glacier with his falls. Trip of one hour.

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Putnam, Connecticut
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204 reviews 204 reviews
25 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

If you have a physical condition that keeps you off steep trails, the walk to Rainy Lake is a great choice. It is a paved, wheelchair-accessible trail, 1 mile in and 1 mile out, almost entirely shaded until you reach the lake. The lake is very scenic and as nice as many you see higher up in the mountains. You... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Rainy Lake is a beautiful turquoise lake in the middle of a glacial cirque, so the snow-streaked hills rise sharply around the water, and cascades plummet long distances to the surface below. The hike is handicapped-accessible and very pleasant, with great interpretive signs along the way. Round trip, it's only about a two-mile stroll, all very flat. Note that it... More

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Wisconsin
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137 reviews 137 reviews
67 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

My husband and I stopped at Rainy Lake in early August after leaving Seattle in the morning on our way to Stehekin. It was a nice short hike, only about 2 miles round trip, and the lake is beautiful. Its a great place to stop if you need a break during a long drive. One note, you have to pay... More

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Lynnwood, Washington
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81 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

Rainy Lake is an awesome alpine lake anyone can go enjoy. Rainy Lake Picnic Area is near the summit of Rainy Pass on Highway 20. Make sure you have insect repellent handy. We ended up eating our lunch in the car and then put the spray on. The mosquitos can be quite thick up there. The hike to Rainy Lake... More

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